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New Brand Spotlight: Elite Labs USA

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of sport supplements to our customers: Elite Labs USA.

Elite Labs USA offers a superior line of products created with the knowledge of over 20 years of diverse experience in sports nutrition science. The company is fully devoted to developing and manufacturing only the highest quality sports supplements that exceed your expectations, every time.

Elite Labs USA is focused on cutting-edge innovation. The kind of innovation that takes a great idea and makes it greater. The kind of innovation that makes you say “Wow” every time you use it.  Achieving that “Wow Factor” is the very reason this brand is committed to formulating products based on the latest scientific advancements that will reshape the very understanding of an athlete’s true physical potential. Every single Elite Labs USA product is founded on rock-solid, scientific data, and provides efficacious amounts of key ingredients clinically proven to work in real people, just like you.

Committed to elite quality, Elite Labs USA has the confidence that what is listed on the label is exactly what is inside the product. Nothing more, nothing less. With no hidden ingredients, no unwanted contaminants, and most importantly, no banned substances, every Elite Labs USA product is manufactured in a cGMP certified facility using current Good Manufacturing Practices, with state-of-the-art, sophisticated equipment verifying for accuracy, purity and potency of every ingredient.

You don’t have to be an elite or professional level athlete, bodybuilder, or power lifter to use Elite Labs USA formulas but if that’s the level of performance you’re striving to achieve, let Elite Labs USA products help take you there.

Save even more when you shop Elite Labs USA supplements at Just enter the promotional code OCT15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand but hurry, offer ends October 31st, 2015.


Whey vs. Whey Isolates — What’s the Difference?

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 12:05 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Whey protein supplements are considered one of the best sources of protein for muscle building and fat burning. The reason behind its success is that whey protein has one of the best protein ratings in terms of amino acid composition and digestibility. Whey contains essential and branched-chain amino acids which may help raising the amount of amino acids available in your body for the muscle growth process, also known as muscle protein synthesis.

However, some people may find it a little bit complicated to choose and buy the right whey supplement so often recommend by nutritionists and fitness trainers. Some products are labeled whey isolates while others are whey concentrate. What is the difference? Which one is better?

The main nutritional difference between whey concentrate protein and its whey isolate protein is the amount of protein, lactose and fat present. For example, a whey concentrate protein powder contains in average around 12% of protein, 70% of lactose and roughly 1.5% of milk fat. On the other hand, whey protein isolate products contain over 90% protein, less than 1% of lactose and just 0.5% of milk fat. So, the next question is: how does that happen?

Whey protein isolate is created by filtering whey protein through a micro filter to remove the lactose and ash in the product. This unique process creates a product that is much higher in protein than a regular whey protein and is also rich in immunoglobulins, alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoalbumin, and other immune boosting factors. As a result of the nature of whey, the purification process is a low-heat, spray-dry method that does not use any solvents, ensuring that the final result is a natural and chemical-free product.

Whey protein builds lean body mass by helping to increase your body’s production of muscle protein, which is especially important after intense workouts.


5 Benefits of Using Whey Protein Powder

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
proteinpowderWhey is derived from milk and made up of a combination of protein, lactose, and minerals. Not just for body builders, whey contains all nine amino acids and is easy to digest. Most usually think of whey as a supplement for getting lean and fit, but most people don’t realize that its benefits go way beyond the gym!

Lose Fat & Gain Muscle – When added to a healthy diet and exercise regime, replacing carbohydrate snacks with whey protein helps shed weight and fat at a higher rate. Whey contains leucine, which contributes to protein synthesis and burns calories quicker. This amino acids also aid muscle building and growth, too!

Lower Blood Sugar – Post-meal blood sugar spikes can clear a path for diabetes to take root. Researchers from Tel Aviv University found that whey protein shakes can help prevent the blood sugar fluctuations that are common after larger meals.

Feel Full Longer – A research study in Australia focused on 28 obese men who were asked to consume four different drinks. Those who consumed the beverage containing 50 grams of whey had significantly reduced levels of ghrelin (a hormone that tells your brain you’re hungry) up to four hours later.

Prevent Muscle Loss About 30% of people 60 and over are afflicted sarcopenia, an age-related muscle deterioration disease that increases the risk of falls and disability. Consuming whey protein helps combat this affliction by minimizing body protein loss during the aging process.

Cancer Prevention – Studies in animals have demonstrated that, when compared with other dietary proteins, whey is more effective at battling cancer and hindering its development. This is attributed to whey’s high content of cystine/cysteine and gamma-glutamylcysteine dipeptides, which helps raise the body’s glutathione levels. This amino acid detoxifies carcinogens and ensures a competent immune system!




New Brand Spotlight: Rule One Protein

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
RuleOneWith already an extensive selection of sport nutrition products and protein supplements, Lucky Vitamin is happy to announce the introduction of another premium brand to our customers: Rule One Protein.

Rule One Protein offers one of the best line of supplements made for athletes, bodybuilders, cross-fitters and powerlifters. Designed and developed by guys who’ve lifted a few million lbs. and downed a few thousand scoops of protein, this unique line of pro-supplements is the result of the work of supplement pros who’ve done this before. Guys who know the difference between the good stuff and the over-hyped wannabes.

The Rule One Proteins executive team combines over 100 years of development and formulation experience, offering a unique combination of skills and experience, but most of all, an unmatched passion for the sports nutrition industry. You can rest assured knowing that any product produced by Rule One Proteins contains only the finest raw materials, ingredients available and that their creed of “the best input = the best output” is always on their minds.

Rule One Protein is fully dedicated to bring you the best formulated and manufactured protein powders and nutrition supplements in the world. All products are produced by Nutrivo, LLC. Nutrivo’s facility, located in Aurora, IL, in a brand new state-of-the-art GMP/NSF-certified facility. Utilizing the latest quality blending, measuring and packaging equipment available, Rule One Protein formulates products with only ingredients which passes the company’s stringent standards for safety, quality and efficacy.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Rule One Protein supplements at Just enter the promotional code SEPT15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand but hurry, offer ends September 30th, 2015.



4 Reasons We Need Amino Acids

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
aaAmino acids are both vital to health and serve as one of the building blocks of protein. Of the 20 amino acids our bodies are unable to produce nine of them on its own. These nine are commonly grouped together and referred to as the essential amino acids.

They are (alphabetical order):










  • Builds Cells & Repairs Tissue – The body uses glutamine, the most abundant amino acid, as a vital source of energy in response to external stress. In addition, glutamine is the primary fuel source for rapidly dividing cells and repairing tissue cells with its potent antioxidant properties.
  • Assists with Wound Healing – Did you know that you can speed the wound healing process with amino acids? Arginine (another amino) levels plummet after the body experiences a major trauma or sustains a heavy, serious wound. Large doses of arginine have been shown to increase tissue collagen content, which helps aid the healing process.
  • Increases Athletic Performance –Athletes and bodybuilders will already know how detrimental caloric depravation is to reaching their fitness goals, but what they might not know is how certain amino acids can help them get back on track. To prevent muscle loss, it’s best to supplement with one of the three branched chain amino acids (BCAAs): leucine, isoleucine and valine.
  • Provides Efficient Protein Uptake — A lack of amino acids and protein can lead to protein-energy-malnutrition, or PEM. This occurs in parts of the world where malnourishment runs rampant and what little food is available does not supply the amino acids that the body needs. Severe PEM, also known as kwashiorkor, can cause liver deterioration, anemia and skin inflammation


4 Adaptogenic Herbs for Positive Living

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Sports Nutrition at 10:45 am | By: Guest Blogger

Imagine if your body had a secret pack of tiny ninjas that it could unleash on anything that threatened its sense of balance and well-being. Work got you stressed out? There’s a ninja for that. Feel a cold coming on? There’s a ninja for that. Feeling exhausted because you stayed up too late watching Netflix? There’s a ninja for that. Mother-in-law on her way into town? There’s a ninja for that too!

When you ingest adaptogenic herbs, it’s like you’re arming your body with a pack of super awesome mini ninjas. Adaptogens are a class of herbs that help your body deal with stress. Whether that stress is physical, mental, or emotional, they hold the power to support and balance your system, whatever that may mean for you. How neat is that?

Below are four fascinating adaptogens that we’ve included in Skoop A-Game Plant-based Greens Blend. These adaptogens are perhaps our favorite part of this super greens blend. When taken daily, the steady stream of adaptogens in your system sets you up to deal with life in a more energized, balanced, positive way. The stressors may still be there, but your response to them can improve, and the negative physiological consequences of stress can be diminished.

  1. Astralagus

Astralagus is an herb, the root of which has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It helps your immune system function optimally and increases overall vitality. And get this–one of the many ways it accomplishes this is by increasing the activity level of Natural Killer cells–yes, this is an actual scientific term. (The ninja metaphor doesn’t seem so outlandish now, does it?) Natural Killer cells are able to bind to stressed cells or virus-infected cells, and essentially assassinate them on a cellular level.†

  1. Cordyceps

Here’s yet another bizarre but true fact: cordyceps is a fungus that grows on the back of a species of Chinese caterpillars. (Our particular cordyceps is cultivated using oats, without the use of caterpillars.) Can you imagine being the first person to try ingesting this stuff? Who knows how or why that came about. But we’re grateful to that adventurous soul, because this natural compound has the power to combat fatigue, increase resistance to stress, support aerobic capacity, and even, ehem, help things along in the bedroom.†

  1. Reishi

Reishi is a mushroom that prefers to grow out of the Japanese plum tree, but will settle for an oak tree in a pinch. This power mushroom has serious immune system-boosting effects that go way beyond just fighting off a case of the sniffles. It may even play a role in slowing down the aging process. And like so many of its adaptogenic cousins, its fatigue-busting properties can’t be beat.†

  1. Rhodiola

Rhodiola is a flowering plant that grows at high altitudes in Eastern Europe and Asia. This super-herb fights depression and fatigue and enhances mental clarity. It also boosts stress resistance in two different ways. Rhodiola can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol by supporting and balancing the system (the HPA axis) in our bodies that produces cortisol. It may also enhance the neurological mechanisms of dealing with stress.†

All of these adaptogenic herbs have more benefits than we can list here. Although they’ve been used safely and effectively for thousands of years within Chinese medicine, the western world is just at the tip of the iceberg in terms of utilising these astoundingly powerful natural remedies. If you’re looking for a positive boost, give Skoop A-Game a try and learn what it means to get your super on.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


You Can Get More Fresh Fruits & Veggies into Schools Nationwide Just by Drinking Healthy Skoop!

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods,Sports Nutrition at 9:00 am | By: Guest Blogger
We might not look it, but as a nation, we’re starving. We’ve got plenty of food. Or at least we’ve got plenty of stuff that passes for it. But when it comes to nutrition, we’re all hungry for a solution. We created Healthy Skoop to be part of the solution. We’re on a mission to bring plant-based nutrition to every American, and our superfood blends and protein powders are a convenient way to make sure you are giving your body what it needs every day.

But perhaps the coolest part about getting your Skoop on is that you’re not just doing a good thing for yourself–you’re doing a good thing for the future health of the country. That’s right. Positive change is baked into each and every batch of Skoop. Allow us to explain…

HealthySkoop_ProjectProduce_Icons (1)Our school lunch programs are struggling–there are too many schools out there that have to count french fries and ketchup as vegetables in order to meet FDA requirements. There are kids out there that think leafy greens are just for feeding their pet rabbits. This generation of kids is the first generation in the history of America that may have a shorter average lifespan than the one preceding it–and that is seriously not okay.

That’s why we partnered with the Chef Ann Foundation to create Project Produce. The Chef Ann Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing tools to enable schools to progress from serving highly processed, unhealthy food to serving fresh scratch-cooked food. Project Produce is a joint effort between Healthy Skoop and Chef Ann Foundation to provide grants for fresh fruits and veggies to schools across the country.

HealthySkoop_ProjectProduce_Collage (1)Schools who qualify for the grants use the money to purchase fresh fruits and veggies for the kids to sample and educate the kids about healthy eating in fun, creative ways. Seriously–these veggie parties are fun-Think veggie costume contests, smoothie bar mob scenes, and highly-vegucated 6th graders teaching the younger kids what’s what. We know because we go to many and enjoy interacting with the kids, sampling veggies, and talking about nutrition.

We’ve pledged to give 3% of our total revenue to Project Produce. So far, in 2015 alone, we’ve already been able to help out over 20 schools across the country. That’s over 8700 kids who were given the chance to learn about healthy eating habits that will impact the rest of their lives. #SkoopOn!

To learn more about Project Produce, please visit To support Project Produce by buying Healthy Skoop, check out Lucky Vitamin’s selection of our products here:

If you’re an educator and/or involved in school food service and would like to apply for a grant, please visit


Power(ful) Plants

Filed Under: Green Living,Nutrition,Sports Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
proteinWhether you’re at the gym or reading fitness magazines, you’ve probably seen articles that advocate the importance of animal-based protein.  Proponents of animal proteins argue that it boasts the highest numeric value of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Of course, quantity does not necessarily mean quality. Plant-based proteins may sound like an oxymoron but they definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. When comparing proteins it’s important to consider what energy goes into metabolizing animal proteins and how much your body actually absorbs.

We all know the importance of making sure our meat is properly heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees before eating it. But most people don’t realize that doing so comes at a price, mainly in the form of “denaturation” – a process that great diminishes the animal’s protein makeup. For example, a 3-ounce serving of uncooked skinless chicken breast provides 29 grams of protein, but the same amount of COOKED chicken winds up only containing around 15 grams. Fortunately there are alternatives to traditional meat-based options that pack a just as powerful protein punch. And they “crop” up in some of the most unlikely places.

Plants – yes, plants – can offer a surprising amount of healthy proteins that are easily absorbed and far easier on your liver and digestive system. Plant-based proteins are free of antibiotics and hormones and are better for the environment. Black, kidney and pinto beans, almonds, lentils, hemp seeds, spirulina, quinoa, spinach and broccoli are just some of the most protein-dense plants out there.

Of course, we’re not suggesting that you put your love of steaks out to pasture or 86 omelets from your Sunday brunch routine. Just keep in mind that there’s a world of sneaky, under-the-radar plant-based protein powerhouses at your disposal.


New Brand Spotlight: GR3EN

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Foods,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Gr3enLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary product to our customers: GR3EN.

GR3EN is a one-of-kind energy drink loaded with superfoods to provide you the energy boost you need every day. Created by organic farmers from Hawaii, who believe in empowering people with positive energy from a handful of ingredients that you can pronounce, GR3EN is produced with organic ingredients with no cutting corners or compromising quality by using artificial fillers, sweeteners, fake flavors or stimulants.

GR3EN organic energy drink raises the bar with an organic dream team of wonderful ingredients: green tea, coconut water, guarana, and kale. GR3EN is pure, organic and powerful and is the perfect pick-me-up when you first wake up, need a lift, hit the gym, or hit the wall at work. GR3EN has the amount of caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee but combines the health benefits of coconut water, green tea and kale juice, all in one can.

This 3 in 1 (hydration, energy and wellness) revolutionary product is 100% organic, gluten free, Non-GMO, vegan and contain no synthetic stimulants or artificial flavors. Each can has 150 mg of organic plant-based caffeine but it does not contain “iffy” ingredients found in most mainstream “Energy Drink” products and workout drinks such as taurine and synthetic B vitamins.

GR3EN roots are truly green as the company started as organic farmers growing super greens on rooftops. They proudly made history by installing the first certified organic food-producing green roof in the world through their parent company, FarmRoof. Today, GR3EN wants to spread organic farming through donations funded by sales of GR3EN Organic Energy.

You can save even more when you shop GR3EN products at Just enter the promo code JULY15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.





Caffeine Helps Improve Muscle Power and Strength

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CoffeeA new study shows that caffeine consumption might be helpful to improve muscle power and strength. Researchers from the University of Mississippi concluded that the effect of caffeine in the nervous system can alter the muscles’ ability to generate power.

Published in the American Journal of Sport Medicine, the controlled study was based on an average of 5mg of caffeine per kilo in athletes who consumed caffeine about one hour prior to exercise. The study findings show that caffeine can improve muscle power from signals sent from the brain, which controls muscles’ overall activity. If caffeine can improve brain function, consequently, it may also improve muscle response. Additionally, participants taking caffeine before physical activity reported less pain when exercising as well as during short term recovery.

Previous studies have found a similar link between caffeine and muscle force. Caffeine has been known to improve age-related changes in muscle strength as this energy booster is considered an excellent product to enhance muscle performance even in older muscles. Caffeine’s effect is often smaller for juvenile muscles, suggesting caffeine may not have such as enhancing effect in developing muscles.

Caffeine has been widely used by athletes for its multiple benefits. Many athletes believe that this substance can truly enhance physical activity as well as improve mental performance. Caffeine can significantly improve athlete’s endurance in sports where long-term stamina is needed such as running, cycling, and soccer.


New Brand Spotlight: Blue Star Nutraceuticals

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BlueS logoWhen it comes to sport nutrition supplements, Lucky Vitamin is a powerhouse of options and, as the list continues to grow, we are happy to welcome one more premium company to our site. The latest addition is a superior brand of supplements made to refuel, rebuild and recover: Blue Star Nutraceuticals.

Blue Star Nutraceuticals is a dietary supplement company that designs, develops, manufactures, markets and retails the best sports nutrition products in the world. The company follows the strictest manufacturing practices ensuring potency, purity and safety of all products. A brand synonymous with elite level athletes, performance and physiques, delivering superior results to people just like you. What you notice as a user is that Blue Star Nutraceuticals supplements have a lot more pop. They’re just that much stronger, and you feel them that much quicker.

Blue Star Nutraceuticals was created to everyone from elite level athletes to people just like you. One of the company’s best-selling products is AminoFast. This unique supplement was designed to provide more energy with less burnout. AminoFast increases the production of ATP, your muscle’s primary source of energy, preventing you from fatigue, or hitting the workout wall too soon, and it ignites proteins synthesis, resulting in more lean muscles gains from your workouts. It also helps reduce muscle soreness, getting you back to 100% faster even after your hardest workouts.

You can save even more when you shop Blue Star Nutraceuticals supplements at Lucky Just enter promo code JUNE15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.


Healthy Muscles Powered by Vitamin E

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MusclesA recent study shows that scientists have found the way vitamin E helps build and maintain healthy, strong muscles. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E has been known to support muscles health but now scientists have figured that without it, the plasma membrane, which essentially keeps a cell from spilling its contents and controls what moves in and out, cannot properly heal. This is a common problem for many cells, such as muscle cells, which get membrane tears just from being used.

Published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the new research shows vitamin E is essential to proper healing of muscles. Building muscle causes natural tearing and proper repair process is essential to maintain healthy muscles and avoid injuries. However, lack of vitamin E can significantly affect this process. It is known that a poor diet resulting in low vitamin E levels in the elderly contributes to frailty syndrome, a condition where muscles are weak and people are unsteady on their feet. The ubiquitous vitamin’s well-established role as a powerful antioxidant has led to its use in anti-aging products and in helping delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by protecting neurons from free radicals.

This latest study by the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University found new evidence that vitamin E is essential to rapid cell membrane repair, and ultimately cell survival. Researchers believe that vitamin E supports different cell types because when the scientists have treated a number of different cells types with vitamin E, they documented similar enhanced cell membrane repair.

A popular vitamin among body builders, vitamin E enables adequate plasma membrane repair despite the oxidant challenge, helping keep the situation in check. Scientists believe that knowing the cell membrane repair action of vitamin E has implications for muscular dystrophy, and common diabetes-related muscle weakness, as well as traumatic brain injury, resulting from collisions on a football field, battlefield, or roadway.


What’s New? Energy Gummi Bears

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Energy Gummi BearsLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of energy enhancer products to our customers: Energy Gummi Bears.

Energy Gummi Bears offers a unique product containing the combination of B vitamins and vitamin C along with anti-oxidants, additional vitamins, caffeine from natural sources and protein. Infused with the energy you need, Energy Gummi Bears are the perfect good-tasting product to improve human performance in all phases.

The Loud Truck research and development teams have worked for years in order to combine the science of human body energy and the great taste of gummi bears into one product. The result is Energy Gummi Bears.

This unique product is a combination of a gummy bear candy filled with a mix of natural ingredients such as guarana and B vitamins intended to give consumers an energy boost similar to that they’d expect from an energy drink. The Energy Gummy Bear was invented to give an alternative option to people who do not like the taste of most energy drinks on the market. The company started when a food scientist was hired in 2009 and worked for about a year to come up with a mix of ingredients that would taste good as a gummy bear and also would have the benefits of an energy-boosting product.

You can try out this new product and save even more when you shop Energy Gummi Bears products at Just enter with promo code ‘MAY15NEW15′ at checkout to save 15% on all products of this new brand.


The Smart Girl’s Guide to Sport Nutrition: BCAA, Thermogenics, Pre and Post Workout Boosters

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
FitnessProper nutrition can be the difference between a successful workout program and frustration with poor results. Women trying to lose weight often have a diet lacking essential nutrients which may result in fatigue, lack of results and even some health problems. Women’s sport nutrition supplements can correct this lack of nutrients by providing the proper amount of macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and lipids for a specific fitness goal. So, we present you a quick guide to women’s sport nutrition.


BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acid) supplements may help you build a solid base of lean, feminine muscle, and help to trim the excess fat. The human body needs BCAA’s three aminos (isoleucine, leucine, and valine) in order to meet the increased demand for amino acids during exercise without breaking down muscle tissue. BCAA supplementation is ideal to enhance sports performance and recovery, meaning you can go harder and longer in the gym, without experiencing muscle fatigue. BCAAs are also directly involved in the creation of new muscle tissue, both as the building blocks and as the builder.


Thermogenic fat-burning supplements are one of women’s top-selling sport nutrition products due to its ability to increase the body’s thermogenesis or core body temperature, and consequently increasing the amount of calories burned. Rasperry Ketone, green tea (EGCG), and capsaicin (chili peppers) supplements are the most popular and often found in women’s weight-loss diets.

Pre- and Post-Workout Boosters

Pre- and post-workout boosters are essential to most fitness programs. As a simple rule, a good supplement prior to workout ensures that your body has enough fuel for exercising and a supplement after the workout is completed ensures proper recovery and prevents injuries. Women’s booster supplements are pretty much the same as men’s products. For pre-workout, nitric oxide can be an excellent helper, relaxing muscles that control blood vessels and allowing better blood flow. This will result in better energy production, so you can train longer and harder as well as getting better recovery from workouts. For post-workout, a good protein shake can be the perfect fit as the body tends to digest faster within 30 minutes after training. Protein shakes can also be taken before workouts (ideally 20-30 minutes) to prepare the muscles for physical activity.


3 Great Sources of Protein

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ProteinCreating a quick guide for protein isn’t easy but it might be helpful to a lot of people looking for a little more information but not “too much information” about this essential nutrient. What are the different types? Which ones are the best form of protein? When should you take it? We present you three great sources of protein and what you need to know about them.


Likely the most popular protein supplement, whey is available in two forms: concentrate and isolates. Concentrate is one of the most basic forms of protein and a perfect product for beginners or people just looking to increase protein intake. Whey concentrate can be used both pre and post workout and can also be used as a snack in between meals. On the other hand, whey isolates are one of the quickest absorbing proteins, a great fit for people with low carb diets and people who are lactose intolerant. Isolates are also a great pre and post workout choice as it fast absorption helps supply muscles the nutrients needed to help recover and grow.


One of the best vegetarian sources of protein, soy is loaded with glutamine and arginine which help recovery and absorption respectively. With many benefits to its users, soy also contains a good number of BCAA’s  which help with recovery and it supports a healthy cholesterol profile due to its isoflavones. Soy protein can be taken anytime throughout the day particularly if you need to get in a meal or snack containing protein.


The slowly breakdown casein is the perfect protein to be taken at night before bed. Casein takes anywhere from 5-7 hours to fully breakdown which keeps your body absorbing and utilizing the nutrients even while you sleep. Alternatively, casein protein can be taken during the day to help stay full and to keep a constant supply of protein in your body. It also contains high glutamine content, helping boost the immune system and speed up recovery.